Events in 2021

Opening times:
13 February – 31 October 2021
10am to 5pm daily

Click to see photos of our previous events, or upload your own on Instagram using #bordehillgarden

Feb
12
Fri
2021
Friends of Borde Hill Open Day
Feb 12 all-day

An exclusive open day for existing and prospective Friends of Borde Hill

Take a stroll in the Garden before it officially opens to the public on 13 February.

Non-members welcome when joining on the day.

Become a member

Membership prices start from as little as £2.60 per month and give unlimited access to the Garden, Woodland and Parkland during the open season, 13 February – 31 October 2021. Benefits also include entry to the Adventure Playground and FREE family trails throughout the school holidays.

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Feb
13
Sat
2021
Borde Hill Garden opens to the public
Feb 13 all-day
Borde Hill Garden opens to the public

Visit this horticultural delight when the Garden reopens for the new season on 13 February 2021.

Wellbeing Welly Walk – Half Term
Feb 13 – Feb 21 all-day
Wellbeing Welly Walk - Half Term

Sometimes the whole world is mud luscious and puddle wonderful!

This February half term log off, pull on your boots and get out into the fresh air. Give your mental and physical agility a good workout by finding the hidden wellies hanging around the Garden, practicing your yoga skills as you go!

£3 per trail, plus admission to include a prize (FREE to Friends)

Mar
20
Sat
2021
Camellia ‘Donation’ – 80th Anniversary Celebrations
Mar 20 – Mar 31 all-day

Join us for two weeks of celebrations to mark the 80th Anniversary of Camellia x williamsii ‘Donation’ being cultivated at Borde Hill Garden by Colonel Stephenson R. Clarke.

Including a small exhibition in the glasshouse telling the history of Camellia ‘Donation’ and how it won an RHS Award of Merit in 1941.

There will also be a selection of camellia plants for sale, including Camellia ‘Donation’.

Join camellia enthusiast, Nick Schroder, a Camellia Heritage Tour at 11am on 28 March (Friends: £3.00, non-members: £12.00 to include admission) >find out more

Mar
28
Sun
2021
Camellia Heritage Tour
Mar 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

As part of our two week celebrations to mark the 80th Anniversary of Camellia x williamsii ‘Donation’ being cultivated at Borde Hill, join camellia enthusiast, Nick Schroder, on a guided tour of the Garden’s renowned camellia collection.

Trace the history of these wonderful plants, brought to Europe across the high seas from China by the tea merchants of the 18th and early 19th Centuries. Discover how Colonel Stephenson R. Clarke of Borde Hill sponsored the plant hunters, and how he raised the famous Camellia x williamsii ‘Donation’ here in the 1930’s. The actual plants, still thriving today, will bring the tour to life as you explore this historic garden.

After the tour, why not stop to enjoy lunch at the Gardeners’ Retreat Café before exploring the Garden at your leisure during the afternoon.

Sensible shoes are advisable.

Tickets:
Friends: £3.00
Non-Members: £12.00 (to include Garden admission)
Advance booking required

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Apr
2
Fri
2021
Bertram Bunny’s Easter Pirate Adventure
Apr 2 – Apr 17 all-day
Bertram Bunny’s Easter Pirate Adventure

Hop along to Borde Hill Garden for Bertram Bunny’s Easter Adventure

This Easter holiday spend time together as a family for pirate themed fun and nature-filled discoveries at Borde Hill Garden.

Spot the signs of spring whilst exploring the Garden on the Easter trail.  This year, join Bertram Bunny on this fantasy ‘Easter Island’ adventure, seeking out the treasure hidden by Jumping Jack Bunny returned from the high seas.  Find all the treasures and solve some puzzles along the way to receive a delicious chocolate treat.  During the trail, there will be some pirate have-a-go activities and dressing-up box.

Children can also let off steam in the Adventure Playground, where they can swing, climb, balance and slide their way through a series of equipment, including a thrilling zip wire for the most adventurous. It’s all the inspiration you need for a cracking day out!

There will be daily crafts throughout the holiday for children to create an Easter or pirate themed masterpiece to take home (there is a small additional charge of £1 to cover the cost of materials).  Why not visit the pirate photo booth for a selfie with family and friends, perhaps showcasing some of the crafts you have made.  Enter our #bordehilleaster photo competition to win a family membership.

Fuel up for your adventures with a delicious Easter-themed treat from the Gardeners’ Retreat Café, or let off steam in the Adventure Playground.

Spring is also a magical time to explore the Garden and Woodland, with an abundance of flowering magnolias some grown to champion trees measuring 60 feet height, camellias, hellebores, daffodils and rhododendrons. Picnics and dogs on leads welcome.

£3.00 per trail, plus admission to include a prize (FREE to Friends).
Crafts: small additional charge of £1.00 to cover the cost of materials

Apr
18
Sun
2021
Specialist Plant Fair
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

This spring, the Plant Fairs Roadshow return to Borde Hill Garden with a wide range of locally grown, garden worthy and unusual plants to inspire keen gardeners.

The Plant Fairs Roadshow is a collective of specialist nurseries who will be setting up their stalls on the South Lawn in front of the Elizabethan Mansion House to provide a mouth-watering range of interesting, rare and unusual plants for plant hungry gardeners. This is a great opportunity to buy direct from the growers and to get free advice from the resident ‘Plant Doctor’.

Nurseries:

To be confirmed

Tickets 
Included in Garden entry (FREE to Friends of Borde Hill)

Historic Houses Members: Free entry does not apply for this special event
Gardeners’ World 2For1 or other discount vouchers are not valid

May
7
Fri
2021
Form in Nature – Sculpture Exhibition
May 7 – Sep 30 all-day

Form in Nature – Sculpture Exhibition 2021

See the historic garden transformed into a stunning outdoor gallery with a carefully curated exhibition of figurative and abstract work.

Smaller pieces will be exhibited inside the Glasshouse and Green Tree Gallery, encouraging visitors to explore every nook and cranny of the historic garden and grounds. All works will be on sale, with something to suit every taste and pocket.

Admission included in standard entry price.

For more information or to submit an application to exhibit, please contact us at sculptureandart@bordehill.co.uk

Exhibiting artists: to be confirmed

May
12
Wed
2021
Nature for Wellbeing – Guided Sensory Walk
May 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Explore the Garden on a guided Sensory Walk

Take sanctuary from today’s hectic world on a restful and restorative guided walk in the beautiful grounds of Borde Hill Garden.

Visiting gardens and spending time in the fresh air can enhance feelings of wellbeing whilst helping improve both physical and mental health. Whether living with sensory or physical impairment, our dementia-friendly walks provide an enjoyable experience for all.

This walk will take in the Garden’s highly scented deciduous azaleas which will stimulate the senses with vivid colours and fragrance. Visitors will also be encouraged to feel and touch the large purple allium flowers blooming in the herbaceous borders.

Take time out to relax and chat with like-minded people whilst reconnecting with nature through sight, smell and touch.

Tickets:
£3.00 per person (including Friends), plus Garden admission. Carers are Free

The Garden is accessible to those with restricted mobility, whilst gentle slopes with hard surfaces allow wheelchair access. There are plenty of benches located throughout the Garden.

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May
16
Sun
2021
Big Dog Walk in the Parkland
May 16 all-day

Get ready for the best walk EVER as the Big Dog Walk returns spring 2021!

Explore the beautiful grounds of Borde Hill on Sunday 16 May and enjoy a feel-good festival environment with plenty of activities to treat your dog to a great day out.

On the day of your walk, you have the choice of a 2k, 5k or 10k route, in our Covid safe environment. All routes guarantee you’ll meet lots of fur-pals and like-minded dog lovers.

However, it’s so much more than a dog walk. You can explore the event village, grab a coffee and snack whilst your dog enjoys taking part in the Fun Dog Show, soars over hay bales in the Hay Bale Racing, or weaves, jumps and races around the Dogstacle Course!

Event village opens at 9:30am, choose between a 10:30 or 11:30 walk. You can arrive up to an hour before your walk starts.

For more information visit: https://www.bigdogwalk.co.uk/
For enquiries email: info@bigdogwalk.co.uk

Tickets
Adult: £10.50 (plus booking fee)
Child (5-16): Free

Disabled visitors are entitled to bring a carer free of charge to the event

A percentage of all tickets purchased before 24th December will be donated to DogsTrust to ensure a dog without a family will have a Christmas treat under the tree.

Jun
14
Mon
2021
Rose Celebration Weeks
Jun 14 – Jun 27 all-day
Rose Celebration Weeks

Join us to celebrate the beauty of the Jay Robin’s Rose Garden

Admire the beauty of the Rose Garden at its peak; a real feast for the senses with 750 David Austin rose plants and 100 varieties filling the air with a glorious fragrance.

The Rose Garden, designed by Robin Williams and planted in 1996, contains the most valued and popular roses developed by David Austin, including Gertrude Jekyll, Winchester Cathedral and Graham Thomas. It also contains the most popular roses sold in the last 12 months in the UK including Olivia Rose Austin, Lady Emma Hamilton and Darcy Bussell.

Head Gardener, Andy Stevens, says “Jay Robin’s Rose Garden is undoubtedly the main highlight of the summer displays, with the sight and fragrance of over 750 David Austin roses being something to behold.”

During our Rose Celebration Weeks, we will be offering visitors hints and tips to help you grow your own beautiful roses at home.

Specialist Gifts
Take home a rose-themed souvenir from our gift shop; the perfect reminder of your visit.

Jun
16
Wed
2021
Nature for Wellbeing – Guided Sensory Walk
Jun 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Explore the Garden on a guided Sensory Walk

Take sanctuary from today’s hectic world on a restful and restorative guided walk in the beautiful grounds of Borde Hill Garden.

Visiting gardens and spending time in the fresh air can enhance feelings of wellbeing whilst helping improve both physical and mental health. Whether living with sensory or physical impairment, our dementia-friendly walks provide an enjoyable experience for all.

This walk will take in the Garden’s colourful and highly scented Rose Garden, at its peak with 750 David Austin rose plants filling the air with fragrance. Visitors will be encouraged to get up close and to smell the different varieties, whist also being able to feel and touch the purple nepeta blooms surrounding the Rose Garden’s central pool, a favourite plant for buzzing bees and pollinating insects.

Take time out to relax and chat with like-minded people whilst reconnecting with nature through sight, smell and touch.

Tickets:
£3.00 per person (including Friends), plus Garden admission. Carers are Free

The Garden is accessible to those with restricted mobility, whilst gentle slopes with hard surfaces allow wheelchair access. There are plenty of benches located throughout the Garden.

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Jun
19
Sat
2021
The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show
Jun 19 @ 10:00 am – Jun 20 @ 5:00 pm
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Diane Rogers - Textiles
Diane Rogers - Textiles
Ken Eardley - Ceramics
Ken Eardley - Ceramics

The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show

Members of the Sussex Guild are delighted to be exhibiting for the first time at Borde Hill Garden.

Browse a spectacular variety of well-designed, inspirational and beautifully made arts and crafts in a large marquee on the Azalea Ring. Meet the designer makers and see examples of their work, including ceramics, furniture, glass, jewellery, metalwork, print making, textile art, woodwork and more.

Most of the work can be purchased, or specially commissioned and there will be craft demonstrations, including raku techniques and kiln firings.

Tickets
Included in Standard Garden admission (FREE to Friends)
Admission includes entry to the Garden, Parkland, Woodland and Playground.
Dogs on leads welcome

RHS Members / Historic Houses Members: Free entry does not apply for this special event

Tickets booked in advance will be fast-tracked on the day

Jul
10
Sat
2021
Sussex Gin Fest 2021
Jul 10 @ 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sussex Gin Fest 2021 @ Borde Hill Garden

The UK’s Biggest Gin Festival Returns to Borde Hill Garden on Saturday 10th July 2021. Tickets on sale now!

Bigger, better and with even more to experience and enjoy, celebrate the extraordinary craftsmanship of independent Sussex, British and worldwide gin distillers at this unique festival. With delicious hot and cold artisan food, captivating demonstrations on all things gin, and not forgetting our main stage with live entertainment all day, this is one of the hottest festival tickets for 2021.

Set within more than two hundred acres of traditional parkland, Borde Hill Garden is a place which captivates and delights visitors with its series of intimate “living garden rooms”, fine woodland parklands, lakes and outstanding views across the Sussex High Weald. Following the success of Sussex Gin Fest 2019, we are delighted to be hosting the festival once again, with ticket holders gaining free entry into Borde Hill Garden.

Sussex produce is at the centre of this unique festival, but we will also be showcasing gins of the world with international culinary options to compliment them, and our ‘Best of the Rest’ zone will feature small-batch guest gins from neighbouring counties. There will also be a local beer brewer on-site and some Sussex ‘fizz’ for you to try and when you need cooling down under the July sunshine we even have a gin and tonic sorbet to quench your thirst!

This event is only for people aged 18 and over.  Please drink responsibly.

Tickets

Early Bird: £12.50 (no booking fee when booked directly through the Borde Hill website)

By purchasing a ticket, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions outlined at: sussexginfest.com

Refund policy: No Refunds.

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Yes, the event is only for people aged 18 and over. Please make sure to bring ID if you look under 25, as we will be operating a Challenge 25 policy.

Are dogs allowed at Sussex Gin Fest?

Unfortunately for health and safety reasons, we cannot allow any animals. Exceptions will be made for guide dogs, hearing dogs, and other support animals.

Will there be any seating?

This is a standing ticket, but there will be lots of various options for seating provided during the event.

Jul
23
Fri
2021
Open Air Opera: Tosca
Jul 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Open Air Opera: Tosca

Britain’s leading outdoor touring company, Opera Brava, present Tosca by Puccini, performed with a chamber ensemble against the magical backdrop of the Elizabethan Mansion House.

Description
Tosca is a must see for both newcomers and aficionados. Beautiful and breathtaking arias and rousing musical moments in Puccini’s magnificent score which flows like the incidental music to a film – introducing and reinforcing dramatic events.

This new production is set in Rome in the 1940’s and brings to light all of the tragedies that happen in relationships during a world of conflict.

The performance will be sung in English.

Tickets:
Adult: £30.00 (£35 on the gate)
Child: £12.00 (5-16 years old)
Operatic Picnic (2 Adult Tickets plus a Picnic for 2): £95.00

Doors open at 6.00pm. Relax in the Garden before the performance begins at 7.30pm. Bring a chair and a picnic.

Assistance dogs only

Pre-order an Operatic Picnic which can be collected prior to the performance (includes 2 Adult Tickets plus a picnic for 2) – £95.00
Cheese Board Selection to include 4 cheeses with Grapes, Walnuts and Wafers, Italian Cured Meat Selection, Farmhouse Terrine with Onion Jam, Olives and Hummus, Crusty Roll, Real Crisps, Macaroons, Large bottle of Mineral Water.

Prosecco, red and white wine, ale or Elderflower presse can be purchased on the day and added to your picnic (other drinks available on request). The picnic includes a disposable gable box which also contains plastic glasses, plates, knives, forks and napkins.

Performance information:
• Entry: to the South Lawn where the event is taking place is via Reception located at the top of the drive. The Gate opens at 6.00pm. The performance begins at 7.30pm.
• Parking: Please park your car in the visitor car park. The opera will take place on the South Lawn, which is approximately 100m from the car park. Cars may not be left in the car park overnight.
• Disabled Parking: Disabled bays are available in the visitor car park.
• Refreshments: Guests are welcome to bring picnics, or pre-book an Operatic Picnic for Two, which includes 2 Adult tickets plus a picnic for 2 which can collected prior to the performance. A selection of barista coffee, loose lead tea, soft drinks, wine and snacks will be available for purchase from The Gardeners’ Retreat café adjacent to the performance area.
• Toilets: Toilets, to include an accessible toilet, located at the Reception building and the Biomass building.
• Dress Code: This event will go ahead regardless of weather, please come dressed appropriately. Umbrellas will be permitted.
• Seating: Please bring your own low back chairs as seating will not be provided. Gazebos are not permitted.
• No Smoking is permitted within the Garden. • No photography is allowed during the performance

DIRECTIONS
Car: Borde Hill is 1.5 miles north of Haywards Heath off Borde Hill Lane, (SatNav RH16 1XP). Rail: The nearest train station is in Haywards Heath Taxi transfers are available from the station

Jul
24
Sat
2021
Open Air Opera: The Marriage of Figaro
Jul 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Open Air Opera: The Marriage of Figaro

Britain’s leading outdoor touring company, Opera Brava, present The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart, performed with a chamber ensemble against the magical backdrop of the Elizabethan Mansion House.

Description
Probably the most perfect and popular opera. A day in the life of Figaro. A joyful farce in which we witness the foibles and intrigues used to reveal the indiscretions of a philandeing nobleman, Count Almaviva. Some of Mozart’s most sublime music features in this bittersweet yet uplifting comedy. Opera Brava’s new production with an International cast and set in the Eighteenth Century will delight and enlighten you in this glorious production.

World class singing from Britain’s outstanding touring opera company. The performance will be sung in English.

Tickets:
Adult: £30.00 (£35 on the gate)
Child: £12.00 (5-16 years old)
Operatic Picnic (2 Adult Tickets plus a Picnic for 2): £95.00

Doors open at 6.00pm. Relax in the Garden before the performance begins at 7.00pm. Bring a chair and a picnic.

Assistance dogs only

Pre-order an Operatic Picnic which can be collected prior to the performance (includes 2 Adult Tickets plus a picnic for 2) – £95.00
Cheese Board Selection to include 4 cheeses with Grapes, Walnuts and Wafers, Italian Cured Meat Selection, Farmhouse Terrine with Onion Jam, Olives and Hummus, Crusty Roll, Real Crisps, Macaroons, Large bottle of Mineral Water.

Prosecco, red and white wine, ale or Elderflower presse can be purchased on the day and added to your picnic (other drinks available on request). The picnic includes a disposable gable box which also contains plastic glasses, plates, knives, forks and napkins.

Performance information:
• Entry: to the South Lawn where the event is taking place is via Reception located at the top of the drive. The Gate opens at 6.00pm. The performance begins at 7.00pm.
• Parking: Please park your car in the visitor car park. The opera will take place on the South Lawn, which is approximately 100m from the car park. Cars may not be left in the car park overnight.
• Disabled Parking: Disabled bays are available in the visitor car park.
• Refreshments: Guests are welcome to bring picnics, or pre-book an Operatic Picnic for Two, which includes 2 Adult tickets plus a picnic for 2 which can collected prior to the performance. A selection of barista coffee, loose lead tea, soft drinks, wine and snacks will be available for purchase from The Gardeners’ Retreat café adjacent to the performance area.
• Toilets: Toilets, to include an accessible toilet, located at the Reception building and the Biomass building.
• Dress Code: This event will go ahead regardless of weather, please come dressed appropriately. Umbrellas will be permitted.
• Seating: Please bring your own low back chairs as seating will not be provided. Gazebos are not permitted.
• No Smoking is permitted within the Garden. • No photography is allowed during the performance

DIRECTIONS
Car: Borde Hill is 1.5 miles north of Haywards Heath off Borde Hill Lane, (SatNav RH16 1XP). Rail: The nearest train station is in Haywards Heath Taxi transfers are available from the station

Aug
13
Fri
2021
Children’s Outdoor Theatre: Mr Stink
Aug 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Children's Outdoor Theatre: Mr Stink

David Walliams’ best-seller Mr Stink is coming to Borde Hill Garden with an open air theatre production staged by Heartbreak Productions.

Description:
You’re invited to celebrate Annabelle’s 10th birthday, hosted by everyone’s favourite MP candidate, Janet Crumb! (Almost) everyone is welcome… that is, everyone apart from Chloe’s particularly smelly new friend, Mr Stink.

One perfectly normal afternoon in an average English town two restless souls unite on a park bench – one of them the lonely 12 year old Chloe Crumb and the other an incredibly smelly homeless man. Oh, and let’s not forget his loyal dog, the Duchess. Chloe’s curiosity and kindness pave the way for this extraordinary and rewarding friendship that takes them to the heady heights of live television and Downing Street via a garden shed.

Pack a picnic, grab a chair and dress for the weather. Packed with fun, humour and a heart-warming message, this touching tale provides the perfect family entertainment.

Performed on the South Lawn against the backdrop of the Elizabethan Mansion House, Heartbreak Productions’ version of this popular children’s book is suitable for children aged 7+.

Refreshments will be available throughout the performance.
Running time: 2 hours

Booking essential

Tickets: Adults: £12, Children: £10 (3-16 years old), Family (2 Adults + 2 Children): £39

Includes entry to the Garden and Adventure Playground from 3.00pm (if arriving before 3.00pm, normal Garden admission charges apply). Access to the performance area from 5.00pm. Performance begins at 5.30pm and finishes at 7.30pm. There will be a 15 minute interval.

Bring a chair and a picnic.

Assistance dogs only
Age 7+

We are unable to offer refunds for this production

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